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Dress a Girl Around the World

Natalie Warner and Stephanie McGough sew pillowcase dresses during Apparel class.

 HOPE 4 WOMEN INTERNATIONAL SAYS: “Imagine a World where every little girl owned at least one dress!” Weddington High School’s Apparel Development class is participating in “Dress a Girl Around the World”, an international effort that is focused on making this a reality. Last year, over 60, 000 dresses were delivered by humanitarian teams to girls in 56 countries.
The Apparel Development students decided to take the basic construction techniques learned in Apparel class and apply these techniques to the construction of pillowcase dresses. The students work in teams to produce very unique and individual dresses. To date, approximately 40 dresses have been constructed, and the number continues to grow with the support of Weddington High School clubs and the PTSO. Many have donated pillowcases, fabric, supplies and contributions to this very worthwhile project. Creative Sewing and Vacuums recently donated a $100 gift certificate in support of the project.
The goal is to continue the project throughout the 2011-2012 school year. Ms. Leggett, the Apparel Development teacher, has received many e-mails inquiring about participation in the project. There are several ways to become involved. For those who would like to contribute their sewing talents, patterns and instructions can be found on the website dressagirlaroundtheworld.com. Many have contributed materials such as pillowcases, fabric, bias tape and ribbons used in the construction of the dresses. Lightweight fabrics are preferable since many of the dresses will be hand carried into countries by humanitarian team members and the airlines have weight restrictions in place. Any color and any style new or gently used pillowcase is needed for the project.
If you would like more information about the project or would like to participate, please contact Sandy Leggett.

Written by: Sandy Leggett, CTE teacher
Posted: Jan 18, 2012 by Cheryl Edwards

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